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Transcript: Zimmer Addressed the Media Saturday

*Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer *

We have a tough division game this week. Monday Night Football. Chicago really is a good team. They're the ninth-best defense in the league. They play very strong, have an excellent running game. Good receivers, good tight ends. It will be a good test for us.

Q: How does Sam Bradford look?

A: Good.

Q: What is your level of confidence Bradford will be able to go Monday?

A: We'll see.

Q: More confident today than Thursday?

A: No, not really.

Q: Do you expect it to come down to a pre-game decision?

A: We'll see. I have a crystal ball now because one of the physics in the Twin Cities gave me one but I didn't bring it down here with me.

Q: How is it working?

A: It's a lot, involved and in-depth.

Q: Is that a true story?

A: Yes. 

Q: Can you bring it over to the media center for us?

A: I'm afraid to look into it sometimes. See an ugly face looking back.

Q: What can you do to get Jerick McKinnon more involved in the offense?

A: I'm sure he probably will be now. Obviously, [Dalvin] Cook had the majority of the carries going forward. We'll see how this all goes.

Q: How did Andrew Sendejo look in the week of practice?

A: Like he always does.

Q: Are you concerned with how aggressive Sendejo is?

A: I'd rather have him be aggressive than passive. I like aggressive guys.

Q: Is it sometimes your own guy?

A: Friendly fire. It happens.

Q: You have started to use Xavier Rhodes shadowing guys even in the slot. What has given you the confidence to put him in the slot to think that he can do that and not just follow guys on the outside?

A: I think you're overthinking it, to be honest with you.

Q: What has led to that change?

A: Depends on the call. Really depends on the call. You're overthinking this. You're overthinking it. If you go back and whatever you're looking at to do it, I think if you go back and look at it, you'll find out that you're overthinking it. That is all I am saying.

Q: How much does it help the continuity on the offensive line to have all five guys play most of the games?

A: It's important. You saw from a year ago to now, the difference in what they're doing. The offensive line is playing good. They have a good group. The communication level has been good. It is important. It really is important.

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